The hosts looked on their way to suffering a loss when Cheick Ouattara put the visitors ahead. However, the introduction of Ayobami Junior helped United restore order to claim a comfortable and deserved victory.
Berkane started the game brightly and deservedly went ahead in the 8th minute through Outarra. The Burkina Faso international headed past stranded Adewale Adeyinka.
The goal gave the visitors extra impetus as they asked questions from Kwara United and forced a few saves from Adewale. However, they received a sucker punch 18 minutes before full time.
Issa Gata was the provider, with his delightfully threaded through ball allowing Ahmed Taofeeq to finish with a low shot from 6 yards out. Ayobami initiated play that led to the goal.
The hosts claimed the lead nine minutes from time and it was their two star forwards who combined. Taofeeq skipped across the challenges of two Berkane defenders and laid the ball out for Wasiu Jimoh to strike.
Ayobami then secured an even greater place in Kwara United’s history books, locating Barnabas Daniel for the third goal.
Here is a rundown of how Azeez Mohammed’s men fared in the game.
Adewale Adeyinka – 6/10
The Nigeria international could do nothing about the game’s opening goal but made three saves to prevent his side from conceding more goals.
Kabir Balogun – 7.5/10
Balogun proved to be an attacking threat for Kwara United and created one chance, while also making six tackles to help out defensively. He also made two interceptions and won an impressive six out of seven ground duels.
Abiodun Adebayo – 6.5/10
Adebayo made five clearances and one interception and was the busier of United’s two centre-backs. He impressively won six of his seven duels in the game.
Deji Bamidele – 6./10
The former Niger Tornadoes man had one or two scary moments. It was the only blemish on what was an otherwise fine defensive display from Bamidele, who made four clearances and two tackles.
Muri Lawal – 6/10
Muri put up an average show in the game. His crosses and decision making was questionable at times. But the full back showed endeavor when nedded.
Jide Fatokun – 7/10
Fatokun put up an action-packed display at both ends of the field. He ended the game with a key pass, two tackles, two interceptions and two clearances.
Afeez Nosir – 8/10
Fatokun helped Kwara United control proceedings in the middle of the park against . He also shielded the defense by making four tackles and two interceptions.
Issa Gata – 6.5/10
The former Nigeria youth international was not as involved in the game as his midfield partners. However, he provided the assist for Taofeeq.
Paul Samson – 4/10
Samson did not hit the target with any of his two shots on the day. He had a bad day in office before making way for Ayobami Junior in the 50th minute.
Wasiu Jimoh – 8.5/10
Teku Ronaldo continues to revel in his role as United’s talisman, despite being surrounded by several superstars. The goal makes him Kwara United’s top scorer in their continental history.
Samuel Chisom – 4/10
The youngster spent only 50 minutes on the field and did not offer too much in attack before making way for Ahmed Taofeeq. Flop of the match!
Ahmed Taofeeq – 8/10
Taofeeq asked some questions of the Berkane defense and showed a fighting mentality by pushing Kwara United forward even while they were 1-0 down. He was rewarded with a goal and assist.
Ayobami Junior – 9/10
Industrious as ever, sometimes proving a enthusiastic in his pressing. Showed excellent awareness, picking up useful pockets of space to facilitate nostalgic glimpses of tiki-taka football – notably having an integral role in the build up to Taofeeq equaliser and an assist to Barnabas Daniel. Bright and lively from the outset, showing fantastic late and elusive movement from deep while also brilliantly driving and surging through opposition lines on the ball. Man of the match!
Barnabas Daniel – 8/10
Well, you just knew it was gonna happen. Although a lot of what he attempted didn’t come off, his sheer fearlessness and persistence resulted in a sublime finish for the third goal.
Ahmed Jimoh – Didn’t last long to be rated.